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Bollywood box-office report of the week

December 26, 2007 2:03:59 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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The coming Friday will see two releases, SHOWBIZ from the Bhatt camp and Percepts Picture Company's RETURN OF HANUMAN, earlier titled HANUMAN RETURNS. As is obvious SHOWBIZ will be a no show at the ticket window, as the USP of the Bhatt camp ventures, popular and melodious music is missing. The animated RETURN OF HANUMAN depends on patronisation from the younger audience and its success depends heavily on that. However, what cannot be discounted is that both the releases of last Friday, WELCOME and TAARE ZAMEEN PAR are still very strong and will give very little breathing space to both the new releases.

The much touted clash between 'actor perfectionist' Aamir Khan's TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and box-office star Akshay Kumar's, WELCOME progressed as per our last week's prediction.

The Darsheel, Aamir and Tisca Chopra starrer, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, was off to a slow start in Bombay but picked up quite well to end the day on a good note. Outside of Bombay, the critic favourite movie was fair in some circuits and dull in others. Once again a pronounced pick up was noticed in cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The positive word-of-mouth seems to be working in a big way for Aamir Khan's directional debut venture. In the Overseas, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR has faired below expectations in the UK, but is doing much better in the US grossing $352,568

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The other release of the week, the critically panned Feroze, Anil, Nana, Akshay, Katrina and Mallika (guest appearance) starrer WELCOME, was off to an extraordinary start in Bombay. By and large the opening was fantastic everywhere. The film also held its collections over the weekend. The Anees Bazmee directed WELCOME is also doing roaring business in most overseas markets, specially in the UK, but is not on the same level in US, as per initial indications.

The fate of the Jimmy, Kay Kay, Nandana and Sonali starrer, STRANGERS, was even worse than that of Sudhir Mishra's KHOYA KHOYA CHAND, which is just a trade disaster. The movie collected 12.75 lakhs from Bombay, 2.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.70 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.35 lakhs Noida, 1 lakh from Lucknow, and 2.20 lakhs from Hyderabad. In its first week STRANGERS netted less than 50 lakhs from India and is a supreme disaster.

The collections of Sanjay Gupta's DUS KAHANIYAAN, which were poor in the first week, declined further. The movie collected 30 lakhs from Bombay, 7.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.30 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.05 lakhs from Nasik, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 4 lakhs from Noida, 1.60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 5.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.55 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.30 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, and 5.75 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 2 crores, DUS KAHANIYAAN manages to touch 10 crores in two weeks from India and has flopped at the box-office, globally.

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DUS KAHANIYAAN's release partner, KHOYA KHOYA CHAND has emerged as one the biggest losers of the year. After a miserable first week, where it was removed from several theatres, the second week saw pathetic collections. The movie collected 6.75 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh from Ahmedabad, 8.70 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.90 lakhs from Noida, 1.20 lakhs from Lucknow and 2 lakhs from Gurgaon. Adding another 50 lakhs, KHOYA KHOYA CHAND has so far netted 2.50 crores in two weeks from India. It is obvious that the Shiney Ahuja and Soha Ali Khan starrer is a trade disaster, both in India and Overseas.

Coming to Yash Raj's AAJA NACHLE, the movie had a reasonably steady third week. The Anil Mehta directed, Madhuri Dixit starrer collected 28.50 lakhs from Bombay, 7.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Nasik, 12.60 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.40 lakhs from Noida, 2.80 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.30 lakhs from Indore and 8.20 lakhs from Jaipur. Netting another 1.50 crores, AAJA NACHLEY has so collected 16.50 crores from India in three weeks. As Yash Raj have released it globally, AAJA NACHLE is a below average fare for them. In the Overseas, AAJA NACHLE has grossed $484,108 from the US and has fared decently in the UK with $788,570.

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UTV's John, Arshad, Boman and Bipasha starrer, DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL, hangs on in the top five chart for another week! The movie collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 1.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 10.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.80 lakhs from Noida, 1.40 lakhs Lucknow, 1.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 1.35 lakhs from Nagpur, and 2.80 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 75 lakhs, DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL touches 16 crores in four weeks from India. The Vivek Agnihotri directed venture is an average in India. However, DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL has failed in the overseas grossing $219,338 from the UK and just $125,547 from the US.

Meanwhile Farah Khan's joyride with OM SHANTI OM continues with another steady week with just a 30 percent fall as compared to the previous week! The film collected 17 lakhs from Bombay, 3 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 2.85 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.45 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.90 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jabalpur, 3 lakhs from Jaipur , 10 lakhs from Calcutta and 12 lakhs from Hyderabad. Getting another 1.75 crores during its latest outing, OM SHANTI OM has so far netted an astonishing 85.25 crores in just six weeks from India. The Shah Rukh, Arjun, Shreyas and Deepika starrer is an ATBB (All Time Blockbuster). In the Overseas, OM SHANTI OM is already a blockbuster having grossed $2,622,627 from UK and a new record gross of $3,597,372 from the US.

Finally coming to the Imtiaz Ali directed Shahid – Kareena starrer, JAB WE MET. The movie seems to be defying even the most optimistic estimates by adding another crore, thereby netting 31.25 crores in eight weeks from India. JAB WE MET is the second super hit of Shahid Kapoor's career, the first being last year's VIVAH. The movie is also a big success in the UK grossing $867,194, especially in view of the costs involved.



 
 

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